Seat Belts

Paramus School Board Approves Better School Bus Belts

UPDATED — JUNE 21 — On Monday, June 18, the Paramus NJ school board voted to require its buses to be equipped with shoulder-restraint-style (three point) seat belts for buses it is planning to purchase, for an extra $5,300 per bus. The board also said it will request bids for retrofitting all of its current buses with the safer-style belts, northjersey.com reported.

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Congress to Again Debate School Bus Seat Belt Legislation

UPDATE — JUNE 8 — “The Senate was in recess last week and is just getting back into session later today” Senator Robert Menendez’s press secretary, Steven Sandberg, told School Transportation News.” He predicted that he “expect(s) the bill to be introduced soon” by the New Jersey senator, but as of June 8, that has not happened yet.

Bipartisan school bus seat belt safety legislation was announced last week for both the U.S. House and Senate, officials said at a press conference at the Fair Lawn Board of Education Transportation Depot in New Jersey. The bills would require three-point seatbelts nationwide for school buses.

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School Bus Associations Respond to NTSB Recommendations

National school transportation industry associations issued both supporting and dissenting responses to a recent National Transportation Safety Board report examining two fatal school bus crashes. The report recommended, among other things, crash avoidance systems and lap-shoulder belts on all new large school buses.

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NHTSA Close to Studying Effect of Seat Belts on Behavior

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking school districts that are interested in equipping school buses with lap-shoulder seat belts, to participate in a five-year study on how the occupant restraints affect on-board student behavior.

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